Green Notebook from various strade

June 21 is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. In France it is also the Fête de la musique, a day to celebrate music, on which there are free concerts in many cities and when both amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. This can be wonderful but it is also what they call a nuit blanche, which means it goes on all night and after a strenuous Grand Prix weekend with little sleep, I decided on Monday morning that if I wanted to sleep well, it might be better to leave the country, lest some misguided minstrel decided to caterwaul beneath the windows of the hotel in La Ciotat.

In any case, there were 1,200 km to be covered from Paul Ricard to the Red Bull Ring – and I wasn’t planning to go in a straight line, this being a great opportunity to visit places that one hasn’t been before.

It was a beautiful day, in stark to contrast to Sunday, which would have been a grey day if the skies had actually been grey. In fact, they were slightly brown and when it rained late in the night after the Grand Prix, the result was that all the cars that had been out in the rain were covered in sandy blotches where Saharan sand had been dropped by the troublesome sky. I set off, in search of a car wash, before hitting the motorway – but they were hard to find. The beaches were filling up with the first wave of summer holidaymakers, but the temptation to stay and take some rays was not sufficient and so I hurried down to Toulon and then across Provence, the land of Marcel Pagnol, towards the Cote d’Azur.

If you don’t know Pagnol, he is worth discovering. He was a remarkable man who made his name first as a film-maker in the 1930s – including a movie called La femme du Boulanger (The Baker’s Wife), which was shot in the village of Le Castellet. Later in life he became a novelist and wrote some wonderful stuff, such as La Gloire de Mon Père, Le Château de ma Mère, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, all about peasant life in Provence.

If there is a an equivalent in English it would be Thomas Hardy’s relationship with country life in Dorset, and in Russian it would be Mikhail Sholokhov’s stories of the Don cossacks.

By the time I reached the heights above Monaco, I was in need of a power snooze and so stopped at the Beausoleil service area, which is a great place to get a bird’s eye view of Monaco, although I had no desire to engage with the traffic down below in the Principality.

Then it was on into Italy – with no border controls to worry about these days – and I was soon on the Autostrada dei Fiori, that runs along the Italian Riviera. Sadly, this has become a 100-mile road work in recent times and you have to be careful when things are running freely because one can hit a sudden traffic jam at any moment. The road was filled with Austria-bound F1 flotsam and jetsam, with endless Aston Martin, Toro Rosso, DHL and Haas trucks lugging bits of motorhome across to the Red Bull Ring.

After sitting for 45 minutes in one jam, I decided that signs suggesting a forthcoming 11km jam might be worth paying attention to, and so I went on a unwanted tour of Savona and found myself sitting in traffic jams all along the waterfront in the seaside towns that followed. When I got back on the motorway, I wasn’t sure if I was far behind, or far ahead, of the trucks I had been travelling with previously – but I didn’t see any I recognised. So I don’t know if what I did was a good move or not. It didn’t really matter.

I set my sites on the city of Cremona, if only because it was a place I had never visited before.

It is a city famed for music, notably for Stradivarius violins. I had a marvellous dinner in a little albergo, with featherlight gnocchi in Gorgonzola, and a mozzarella and basil pizza the size of an elephant’s ear (Indian) but wafer thin, washed down by a caraffa of rustic red. It was an evening with everything that one loves about Italy, with the warmness of the people, bubbling conversations and endless energy.

The waitress was as thin as a nail – and hard, no doubt having been hit on sufficiently to render her oblivious to the local gentlemen.

I am always amazed by how much time the Italians spend on their mobile phones, talking (one presumes) to their mamas and mistresses. It struck me that nowadays it is also amazing how F1 people always get calls when I start asking questions – which I take as a compliment.

Anyway, as I sat listening to the hubbub, I am sure that I heard words like “Monza” and “Ferrari” and knew there was only one place I could be.

This brings me, in a roundabaout way to my notes from the weekend, with Ferrari appearing in France without its green Mission Winnow logos. They will not be seen again at races in the European Union and Philip Morris put out a statement which (to paraphrase dramatically) said that they are fed up with people mistrusting the tobacco industry and just want to move on and “re-frame global conversations, building communities, and supporting innovative ideas that drive positive change”.

Tobacco is a subject that always used to divide the F1 world with some fervent in their opposition to smoking and others seeing the paradox that no country has banned tobacco itself, because of the revenues that can be obtained from heavy taxation, and yet they do not see that banning the advertising of a product that is not illegal is a fairly flawed argument.

Anyone who thinks they can see the Marlboro logo in the green Mission Winnow branding really needs to have their eyes (and heads) examined, but they still battle on trying to drive the tobacco companies into the sea.

Philip Morris International stopped putting Marlboro logos on F1 cars in 2006. They gave up with bar code logos in 2010 and then more recently tried the Mission Winnow message. PMI still supports Ferrari, so that they can entertain VIPs and corporate guests and create opportunities with B2B activity.

Personally, I thought the greatest bit of thinking was when they reversed the sponsorship in the face of such attacks and used the glamour of F1 by putting racing cars on cigarette packets, rather than cigarette packets on racing cars. That was right up there with marketing Marmite as a love-hate product.

British American Tobacco has been doing things on similar lines with McLaren using “A Better Tomorrow”, Velo and Vuse on the cars depending on the market involved.

Last year all Mission Winnow branding was removed after threats of legal action based on the concept that anything red and white might remind anti-tobacco campaigners that there are still cigarettes out there, but the switch to green this year seemed to make this an impossible argument… but obviously not.

It may be that the decision to remove the green logos will be the final straw for PMI in terms of branding, but it is unlikely to stop using F1 to entertain and encourage its staff and customers.

There is no doubt that the PMI involvement with Ferrari has reduced in the last 15 years and there are signs that it may finish once and for all at the end of the current season. There have no announcements of a contract extension and these were always done at least a year in advance. So Ferrari may be on the market for a new title sponsor. 

The likelihood is that any new backer will come from the technology sector (as has the new CEO) and it is thus interesting to see a new relationship that has been announced between Ferrari and Amazon Web Services, which will help the team in various ways with its cloud service and machine learning capabilities – and the development of “a new fan engagement platform which, through personalisation tools, exclusive content and interactive applications, will strengthen the relationship between Ferrari and its millions of fans around the world, with the goal being to offer even the youngest fans more insight into the daily life of the team and its drivers.

Interesting stuff.

The big news of the weekend – no real surprise – was the confirmation of Esteban Ocon as an Alpine driver for the next three years. This is interesting in that Ocon has committed himself to Alpine despite having long had an underlying Mercedes Benz contract. Thus it is far to say that Ocon has reached the conclusion that there is no chance of a ride in the short- to mid- term with Mercedes. He cannot sit around waiting forever as his career will slip by quickly and so he has jumped. This means that he sees no opportunity at Mercedes and from that one can conclude that either Valtteri Bottas will stay or George Russell will step up. The official line is that there is no decision yet, but it is interesting to note that there is now much talk about what Williams will be doing next year, which seems to suggest that George Russell is going to be on the move. No-one is talking about George staying at Williams in 2022…

With Ocon signed, there is no real point in Dany Kvyat being at Alpine as the reserve and his name has been mentioned as a possible Williams recruit.

There is a possibility, of course, that a displaced Bottas could return to Williams and it might be a good move as Williams should (in theory) be on an upward path from 2022 onwards. However, there has also been some talk that Mercedes might want to put another driver into the team to get someone experienced in F1 in case there is a need for another driver when Lewis Hamilton retires at some undetermined point. ,Mercedes has a bunch of youngsters but they are very young and the closest to F1 is Frederik Vesti in Formula 3 – and he is not doing awfully well this year.

The other name that has been mentioned is that of Nyck de Vries, the test and reserve driver of Mercedes AMG Petronas, who is currently competing with the Mercedes-EQ team in Formula E. The former double World Karting Champion, who won the Formula 2 title in 2019, is a talent but did not have the money to get an F1 drive in 2020. He seems to be hungry for success and a chance to drive F1 cars. Thus he should be considered a possible candidate given that Mercedes might be willing to help Williams pay its bills if a Mercedes driver is there (continuing the current arrangements).

There is no question that Nicholas Latifi is competent and brings considerable finance from his family’s connections with Sofina and Lavazza, but he has yet to show any signs that he is a potential F1 winner. The other name being mentioned is Guanyu Zhou, the Chinese driver. He is a decent option, but has yet to show that he will ever be more than an also-ran in F1. His primary advantage is that being Chinese he is someone that everyone in F1 wants to see in an F1 seat because it will help boost the sport in the world’s biggest car market.

To be brutal, Williams has no excuse for performing as poorly as has been the case when one has a Mercedes engine. Next year the team will have a Mercedes rear end and so it only has to get the chassis right to be in the mix. The good news for Williams fans is that Dorilton (or whoever is behind the company) seems to be willing to invest. The focus in recent days has been on the departure of team principal Simon Roberts, but in the background there has been another significant change with the departure of design director Doug McKiernan, and the tweaking of the team’s technical management under new technical director François-Xavier Demaison.

Demaison may be a brilliant fellow but he has no F1 experience and so to overcome this team boss Jost Capito has drafted in another former Volkswagen colleague Willy Rampf, who has many years experience as the technical director of Sauber, although that was a while ago now.

The other team that is much in the paddock chatter is Alfa Romeo (aka Sauber). There is still no decision from Alfa Romeo as to whether there will be a continued sponsorship in 2022. Given that it was a cheap deal this year, it might go on as the money involved is really minimal for a big car company, but the key question is whether it makes strategic sense given that Alfa Romeo seems to be moving into a more electric car future. There are also questions about Orlen funding as without Robert Kubica in a race seat there is not much logic in that relationship. The team has grown from 300 to 500 people in the last few years but has not gained anything in terms of championship position, so the investment in new staff has not brought additional prize money – and let’s not forget that this year F1’s prize money has dived by nearly half.

There are signs of discontent with the team’s imported expertise and the recent weeks have seen the departures of chief designer Luca Furbatto, to become engineering director at Aston Martin, and Frenchman Nicolas Hennel de Beaupreau, who has been the team’s chief aerodynamicist for the last five years. He has top level experience in F1 going back to 1997 so he’s not someone a team really wants to lose. He has previously worked at Enstone (twice), Ferrari (twice), McLaren and Toyota.

A whisper from Asia the other day suggested that an investment bank out there is circulating a prospectus offering 60 percent of Sauber for sale, although the price would value the team at $750 million. This is far too high and it would seem to suggest that the current owner is looking to find someone who will help him pay off the huge investments he has made.Whether there is anyone out there to buy is another story.

I was also told that there is a hurry-up suggestion that a buyer needs to move quickly because VW’s Lamborghini might buy it. This should not be taken seriously, as I really cannot imagine a Lamborghini car powered by a Ferrari engine – and no company is going to build a new engine before the engine rules change in 2025. It is also unlikely that any manufacturer would want to fund a team for three seasons without promoting a brand – so a clandestine operation is unlikely as well. On top of all this the word is that team principal Fred Vasseur is working on a month-by-month contract at the moment, which suggests that the owners aren’t ready to extend a deal, but cannot find a replacement who wants to take the job. They need someone who could get Sauber going forward again and with Andreas Seidl gone to McLaren and Capito at Williams, potential new leaders are thin on the ground.

Right, onward we go. I was reading the other day about Ove Andersson, who died 13 years ago last week. At the time, Andersson and I had agreed to work together on a biography – but he had gone to South Africa which slowed things down. Then he was killed and the project faded away. I still have his handwritten story about his early years, in a hand-written notebook. This is a wonderful glimpse into motorsport in the 1960s and includes a story about how Saab wanted him to take part in the Acropolis Rally – and gave him some money to cover expenses, and told him to drive there! He and his co-driver drove the rally car down through Germany and Austria and across what used to be Yugoslavia until they finally arrived in Greece, where they celebrated by spending all the money on a party to mar the end of the journey. They took part in the rally and managed to borrow some cash to take a ferry back to Brindisi and then drove back home – through Italy, France and Germany. Ove wrote that this was a great adventure and that the world would be a better place if people didn’t jump on planes to go places and instead travelled on the ground, to broaden their minds, increase their knowledge and tolerance of others.

It teaches you that your home country is not necessarily the best and gives you perspective.

Wise words indeed… Right, I’m off to the mountains…

47 thoughts on “Green Notebook from various strade

      1. How do you reconcile that claim with their financial disclosures to their investors and the realities of their business operations since the introduction of their current branding on the Ferraris?

  1. Thanks for a great notebook as usual Joe. Enjoy the drive!

    I thought when Perez was confirmed for a 1-year deal with Red Bull that you had mentioned that he already had a deal in his pocket for Williams in 2022. Is it no longer the case? or is it just that it’s an almost certainty that he’ll stay at RB and kill the Williams deal?

    1. No, I think he may have some serious discussions, but that was blown out of the water when the Red Bull deal came along. Now I’m sure he will stay with Red Bull next year.

  2. Reading this I can’t help thinking there is something I’m missing. As if the time has come for another major rebranding of a team

  3. The company I work for has already been approached about replacing PMI as title sponsor next year (we said no). I do hope that you one day publish the book about Ove

  4. IMHO, Ocon is right to jump Mercedes. Their seven year domination seems to be ending before our eyes.

    Unfortunately for him, Hamilton will always be remembered as the driver who cashed in on the Mercedes super power train. Of course he can avoid this by going to Ferrari and winning there in a quick but non-dominant car. Then, and only then, will he be admitted to the ranks of true F1 greats.

    1. That Hamilton will not be remembered as a “true F1 great,” is the silliest thing I think I have ever read written by a “fan” of the sport. And I am not spouting hyperbole.

    2. What more does a man have to do to earn some peoples’ respect?
      Runner-up and WC for McLaren before gambling on Mercedes (it’s a rare person who can honestly say they thought McLaren->Mercedes was a wise move at the end of 2012), and then six WC titles almost without pause isn’t enough for you?

      1. In the out and put best car where without incident the worst the could finish was second for 2 of the drivers titles and since Rosberg retired a compliant team mate?

        Hamilton, like Schumacher will be tainted by the nature of their titles. Senna and Prost at least raced each other and in 1986 Prost win the title in the 3rd best car.

        Hamilton is a fine driver, but the titles in 2019 and 2020, were a 1 hoorse race, as was 2015. In 2017 and 2018 Ferrari dropped the ball, even 2008 with crashgate, Massa would have won.

    3. First of all: I am by no means a Lewis’ fanboy
      But I really don’t think you can state Lewis’ 7 WDCs is ‘only’ down to the Mercedes super power train. Yes, it is all about the ‘package’, but that consists of team, car and driver. The powertrain is only a considerable part of ‘the car’. Williams utilizes the same powerunit and see where the have been while Lewis was winning his WDCs. Furthermore, he always had a teammate with the same equipment and came short only one season to Nico Rosberg, who promptly left, stating he was at ‘his pinnacle’ and wouldn’t be able to repeat that.

      Michael Schumacher is considered as one of the sports greatest, and he won his majority of titles at a team that had a similar advantage over other teams + the benefits of a faithful Brazilian tail gunner. Lewis will be remembered as one of F1 true greats, no matter what. Enjoy this season, one F1 great is challenged by the next. Not often do we have the chance to witness that!

      1. @Miick
        Thank you for a respectful discussion, instead of an over-sensitive response, as happens whenever Hamilton is mentioned.
        There was praise in my comment as well as a question mark.

      2. “Michael Schumacher is considered as one of the sports greatest, and he won his majority of titles at a team that had a similar advantage over other teams + the benefits of a faithful Brazilian tail gunner.”

        If you look at the history books, you will find that Michael Schumacher had dominant cars in 1995, 2002, and 2004. (and only 2002 and 2004 with Rubens in the other car) His other 4 titles were won against tight competition from at least one other team.

        1. Schu definitely did not have a dominant car in 1995. He outdrove Hill who had the better car.
          Schu had the best cars in 01, 02, 04 and in 00, 03 and 06 had a car as good as anyone elses.
          During the Ferrari years he just had a no.2.
          To be fair to SLH, he has had to fight a teammate as well as other rivals and has only had a no.2 in the last couple of years in Valtteri.

          1. The B195 was good enough to win both championships, the driver’s at the third-to-last GP of the season, and finish more than 3 victories ahead of runner up Damon Hill in the points.

            The only way you may be able to argue that it wasn’t the dominant car of the season is by bringing up Johnny Herbert’s results, but then it was Johnny’s best season in F1, too.

        2. @ proesterchen,
          I do not have to look at the history books, I am old enough to call myself a living witness to all of Michaels 7 WDCs.

          But your comment proves my point exactly, in the years you mention(’02 and ’04, and IMO ’03 as well) the Ferrari car was dominant and the other championship years (’00, ’01) maybe less. But the team and/or the driver made up for it and the package as a whole was the dominant one. This resulted in their multiple world titles. Add Rubens, who took, at a lot of occasions, valuable points from the competition by finishing second, or win if Michael could not.
          Because MS was a part of that package he became a F1 great. Just as Lewis in his case. To state 6 (or 7) WDCs for Lewis is only because of a superior engine is simply not correct. It was an important factor, but nothing more.

          1. I’m not here to litigate which specific parts of the Mercedes made it the dominant car of the turbo-hybrid era – as with most things, lots of things have come together over the seasons to produce their successful run.

            As far as years of Mercedes dominance, I’d argue at least 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020 qualify.

        3. The B195 was not dominant in 1995. It is arguable the FW17 was the superior car on many occasions but Schumacher & Benetton out-raced & out-foxed Hill & Williams across the season.

    4. Sorry Al, but that is the most ridiculous statement regarding Hamilton I’ve read for a long time. Do you actually watch F1 or just spend your time thinking of nonsense to post about Hamilton?

  5. always a feat & fest, when you contest journey & confess unrivalled literacy, alongside unheard supremacy in globetrottery: Merci

  6. We’ve not heard much about the impact of Brexit on the F1 circus. I recall it being quite a concern, before COVID overshadowed everything. Now that things are, I think (here in the US) moving forward, are the UK based teams faced with issues and costs relative to leaving the EU?

    1. Oh yes. The costs of carnets to travel to Europe is shocking. Each team has spent at least £60,000 just on new paperwork. And that’s not including paying people to do it.

  7. Interesting to remember Ove Andersson, Joe you open so many channels to research the lives and achievements of great racing drivers.

  8. Do enjoy your travel guides can not wait for them days to return and being able to enjoy a lovely local meal and bottle of local red.

  9. The tobacco argument is so sensible as you have stated it.

    I’ve been a motor racing fan since I was 5 or 6, I grew up in the days if fast moving fag packets and it has never ever tempted me to smoke. Smoking is a vile, filthy activity.

    Alcohol and sugar are as addictive and dangerous as nicotine, where abused. Why are they allowed to advertise?

    When our children finish school we planning on going to the 🇺🇲 and crisscross that amazing country, partly inspired by you amazing travelogues.

    1. I suggest you look up the states’ travel bureaus and ask for state maps, scenic areas, tourist pamphlets. It’s a loooooooong way from Maine to California. and from Washington state to Florida, and from Texas to North Dakota. Not to mention all the states betwixt, between, and among.

      1. Also, see this about the weather: Intensifying Thunderstorms Today Echo an Ancient Pattern at Least 50,000 Years Old
        23 JUNE 2021

        While grumbling skies and spectacular displays of air-splitting light can be a thrilling experience to witness, thunderstorms can also do an awful lot of damage.

        From igniting massive wildfires to causing flash flooding, damaging hail, and even tornadoes ,this wild weather can destroy homes and businesses and take lives.

        Thunderstorms that roil across the Southern Great Plains of the US are amongst the strongest of such storms on Earth. Known as mesoscale convective systems, these storm complexes provide up to 90 percent of the region’s total annual rainfall.

        Their intensity and frequency have been increasing, yet our best climate models still struggle to predict just how and when they’ll arise.

        To help refine climate models for the Southern Great Plains, paleoclimatologist Christopher Maupin from Texas A&M University and colleagues used oxygen and hydrogen isotopes to track the ferocity of past storms.

    2. So if tobacco advertising was supposedly so useless, can you come up with an explanation for why they bothered advertising at all then? Just because it didn’t influence you doesn’t mean that nobody else was ever influenced by it – indeed, the fact that the tobacco companies fought so hard against having their advertising banned would suggest that they definitely thought it did influence people.

      Joe is also wrong to claim that “no country has banned tobacco”, as there are in fact nations that have total bans on the consumption of tobacco. However, it is noted that a number of nations have been intimidated into not imposing total bans because of the Philip Morris v. Uruguay legal case, where Philip Morris took the Uruguayan government to court for imposing particularly strict restrictions on the tobacco industry. Although Philip Morris did eventually lose, most nations are not prepared to spend several years in court and millions in revenue fighting such cases – and companies like Philip Morris know that.

      1. It’s not my fault there are weak, easily led shepple out there. The advertising was not to make people smoke, but to change to their brand. Just like all other advertising. By you flawed logic we should ban advertising because it leads people in the wrong direction.

        Social media is far more dangerous than cigarette advertising ever will be, but it’s not even regulated. One of the most highly concentrated sugar products, doesn’t just advertise, it’s team is named after that drink, but everyone focusses on the cancer sticks. Red Bull actually has a nice taste, but when I saw how much sugar it had in it on an information board at a hospital, even relative to Coca Cola, which is always held up as having too much sugar, I never bought it again. That’s why any smoking adverts will have no impact on me.

  10. Thanks for yet another great blog, Joe.

    Re Williams next season, I wonder if Nico Hulkenberg is being considered? He made his F1 debut with them in 2010 and, up until Perez was signed by Red Bull, was on their short-list to be Verstappen’s team-mate this year. He might well be a good guy to lead Williams in their re-building process and no doubt, as a German, would be a popular choice with Mercedes – just a thought . . .

  11. Joe ;
    Wonderful blog as usual ‼
    My understanding is that PMI ” OWN “the advertising spaces on Ferrari and in turn , they sell the space to the other sponsors such as UPS , Ray Ban ..ETC….. plus get the VIP benefits

  12. Joe, thoughts on the chances of Vasseur sticking around long term?

    Otherwise a few names spring to mind.

    1. Nicholas Todt – finally gets to see if he can do it on the big stage and the irony in replacing his old partner

    2. If Willy Rampf is back in the circuit, why not get Dr Mario in to take his old seat back?

    3. Eric Boullier is twiddling his thumbs running the French GP….could he not come back?

  13. Gasly to Sauber in ’23 alongside Piastri with Renault PU’s?
    Or he stays at SAT as the ‘yardstick’ with Lawson replacing Tsunoda (if he doesn’t stop crashing).

    1. Not sure on the timeframe (perhaps even 2022?) but I’ve got a feeling – that assuming they maintain a link with Ferrari – we might see Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott filling the Alfa/Sauber/Whatever seats.

      1. That would be good!
        I think that it might end up being Haas/Mazepin/Hi-tech GP ending up as the FDA hosts. Only for 1 seat obviously!
        I’ve seen lot of chat that Zhou is headed Williams way with a supply of free Renault PU’s.
        If that’s the case there will be a set of Mercs freed up.
        If The Sauber-Ferrari/Alfa alliance ends, Rausings lot will snap those Merc lumps up i’m sure.
        I suspect that would give Russell a berth a bit further up the grid if Toto still won’t promote him to the A team.

  14. What a journey. I looked at Savona, Cremona, and even the Beausoleil service area. Great places, even the view from the service area! The dinner in Cremona sounds like a find, though what restaurant in Italy isn’t! I don’t typically look close enough at the logos on the cars. I was blown away watching the Friday practice and noticing not only the AWS (Amazon) on Ferrari, but the Walmart (!) logo on Red Bull. Europeans don’t know much about Walmart, but it is amazing to see this. Apparently there was supposed to be merchandise opportunities on the Walmart website, but a quick look and there is no Red Bull merch I can see. Perhaps COVID is to blame. AWS alone (apart from Amazon) is one of the biggest companies in the world. When I saw the AWS on Ferrari I thought “indeed, Amazon has truly arrived.” There is a new professional hockey team in Seattle due to start this fall and a newly refurbished arena. Amazon took the naming rights for the Arena and called it “Climate Pledge Arena,” so take that as an example that Amazon has the ability to surprise. They seem to have their own way of thinking plus the power to do what they want. Thank you for the post!

    1. The surprise this week in the UK was that Amazon has a target to destroy 130,000 products each week from just one site in Scotland. This includes laptops that would have been really helpful to schools during Covid.

      Convincing the world that you are a “green” company using naming rights is one thing, actions tend to speak in greater volumes.

      1. Or in the 3rd world.

        Whenever I see these pledges, I just think male cow manure. And they get away with it, but journalism has become so lazy (not you Joe and about 10 of your F1 colleagues before you garat me) that they just lap up this tripe and put it out as copy. Branson is a classic example, he bangs on about Green but flies around the world on a private yet, is developing highly polluting space travel and has a commercial airline. Articles like what you report don’t matter because their readership is miniscule, and that’s how they get away with hoodwinking the majority.

  15. But British people may have heard of Asda and Germans may have heard of Interspar. Asda was a Walmart company until recently, Interspar still is. They have other European operations, are big in Africa and in Brazil.

    And F1’s desire is to get big in the 🇺🇲

  16. Joe.

    The likes of yourself, jenks, Marcus Pye, Eoin Young Roebuck are likely the last of the what I call proper journalists and racers.
    If Russell and Lando are the next stars, can you pinpoint some up ans coming motor sport journalists rather than copy pasted?

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